Sunday May 03, 2009

OpenOffice wins Linux Magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Award

Linux Journal has announced that has won their 2009 Readers' Choice Award for "Favorite Office Program."

Over 6,000 readers voted in this year's competition and OpenOffice won its category by more than a landslide. ;-)
The editors noted, ", bolstered no doubt by its recent 3.0 release, retains its crown as your Favorite Office Program with the same share of your vote as last year, 85%."

Congratulations, well deserved!!!

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

Sun -- A Global Green 100 Company

Today we are named to the Uptime Institute's Global Green 100 list.
From the Uptime Institute:

"Sun's effective leadership in 'greening' its own enterprise demonstrated an outstanding commitment to energy efficiency for the betterment of its own business performance and the eco-sustainability of our planet," said Ken Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute. "The Uptime Institute is proud to recognize Sun with this distinguished achievement."

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Know JavaFX? Get $25,000!

JavaFX Coding Challenge
We just announced a new contest...

Develop an innovative rich media application using JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.

And you can win up to $25,000!!!

If you are a student, the deal gets even better...

In addition to the top prizes, there are three prizes @ $1,500 each for the top three student submissions.

Get going, the contest has already started and submission closes on May 29th.

Check out all the details at JavaFX Coding Challenge.

Have the thinking buds stir up, crank the code, submit the application and get great prizes and recognition.

Happy coding!

Good luck to all of you!!!

Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Sun Ranks High in Fortune's List of World's Most Admired Companies

Yesterday Fortune posted its listing of "World's Most Admired" companies. And the great news is that Sun moved up a notch from #6 to #5 in the Computers category. 

We saw progress in key areas, most notably:

- Two position jumps in both global competitiveness (#4) and use of corporate assets (#4)

- Three position jump in long term investment (#5)

- One position jump in quality of products/services (#5) and social responsibility (#3)

Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies

Tuesday Feb 17, 2009

MySQL wins Database of the Year 2008 award!!!

MySQL has been selected as the Database of the Year in the 2008 Members Choice Awards. MySQL got 58.10% of the total votes cast!!!

Congratulations, MySQL team!

MySQL Wins Award

Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 Arrays named Network World's best products of the week

Sun Microsystems' Sun Storage 6580 and 6780 Arrays are highlighted as Network World's "Products of the Week" for the current week.

The slideshow notes, "Two new high-performance disk storage arrays from Sun are designed to help customers consolidate workloads and provide storage for a range of server architectures. The 6580 scales up to 256TB and the 6780 scales up to 448TB."

Sun's Nancy Hart said customers are taking advantage of Sun's upgrade and trade-in programs to maximize their investments in legacy hardware. "The trying economic times are weighing on our customers and they're thinking about alternative buying options," said Hart, who indicated the newly launched Sun Storage 6780 disk array is capable of reusing capacity already on the data center floor. "Given the budget pressures, doing more with less is imperative," she said. "Customers can use the 6780 to repurpose their existing investments for an administrative fee of a couple hundred dollars."
Network World's "Products of the Week"

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Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

Sun SMB Virtualization Offering named one of Network World's best products of the week

Sun's new virtualization products aimed at small and mid-sized businesses are one of the Network World's "Products of the Week" for the current week.

On Slide 5, Network World notes that these new offerings combine Sun's storage and servers with hypervisor software from either VMware or Microsoft embedded in the systems. The VMware ESX configurations include Sun Fire X4150, X4250 or X4450 servers with the Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage system. The Microsoft Hyper-V configuration includes the Sun Fire X4250 server and Sun Storage J4200 system.
Network World's "Products of the Week"

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Monday Jan 19, 2009

Sun sweeps 2009 Product of the Year awards

This year Sun has won 6 out of the 12 categories in's 2009 Product of the Year awards.

MySQL workbench won the Database Tool categoty, rest was NetBeans all the way!!!

NetBeans Platform is the best Development Tool, NetBeans Profiler is the best Development Utility, NetBeans IDE is the best Java Tool, NetBeans Mobility Pack for Connected Device Configuration (CDC) 5.5 is the winner in Wireless/Mobile category and NetBeans is the best Open Source software for developers. 2009 Product of the Year
The award article noted, "It is worth noting that in the past Sun has been able to dominate many categories, but it took multiple products to achieve that distinction. This year one product, NetBeans, dominated the categories by winning five out of twelve."


Friday Jan 16, 2009

Sun wins TWO InfoWorld 2009 Technology of the Year Awards

InfoWorld has posted their annual Technology of The Year awards. We have been declared winners in TWO categories.

Sun Fire X4150 server has been selected as the "Best 1U Server." Author Doug Dineley noted that the server provided great performance for its price, "stuffing 2U of capabilities into the thinner form factor."

Sun StorageTek 5800 (aka Honeycomb) took home the honors of "Best Fixed Content Storage Archiving Solution." It earned the honor because it's "a storage solution that's harder to kill than Steven Seagal."
InfoWorld 2009 Technology of the Year Award
The original InfoWorld review of X4150 is here and that of Honeycomb is here.

CONGRATULATIONS to the teams!!!

Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Industry Accolades for JavaFX,

Our JavaFX was included at number 5 in the Top 10 Application Development Products for 2008 by eWEEK. The slideshow notes, "JavaFX is Sun Microsystems' entry into the RIA (rich Internet application) platform space. Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz called JavaFX "one of the most important technologies to come out of Sun.""
In other news, our 3.0 topped CRN's list of "The 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2008."  The editor noted that it is "more clear than ever that 3.0's functionality and compatibility with Microsoft Office (including OpenOffice Impress, which is PowerPoint compatible) make it a force to be reckoned with."
Congratulations to the teams!!! Great way to start a new year!!! :-)

Tuesday Nov 25, 2008

Second Student Reviews Contest Winners Announced

Today we announced the winners of the second Student Reviews Contest, where students developed innovative applications using MySQL 5.1 and GlassFish v2 UR2.

Contestants from USA, Brazil, India and China submitted their coding projects via and wrote their experiences about using MySQL and GlassFish in the reviews.

The winning entry in the general students category created a hotel reservation application using VoiceXML (web pages accessed by voice) -- the judges had a good experience using it via Skype. A resource sharing application for social networking sites won the first prize in the Sun Campus Ambassador category.
Other interesting entries included a fully integrated contest management application, a system authentication application for wireless networks, test taking and test management application, a "short URL" project and a small online store.

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and thanks for participating.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

M3000 server named one of Network World's 10 best products of the week

Sun SPARC Enterprise M3000 was named one of Network World's 10 best products of the week.

Network World said of the M3000, "A new addition to the SPARC processor-based product line, this server offers "mainframe-class reliability" in a single CPU 2RU form factor, according to Sun. With an efficient design that saves space and energy, the server is "ideal for single-threaded back-office applications."
Network World Products of the Week
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Tuesday Sep 02, 2008

Calling All Students -- Your Chance to Win $500

We just announced a new student contest today...

Students can develop a web application using MySQL database and GlassFish application server and write a review for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 in Visa debit card, and five chances to win a prize of $250 in Visa debit card.
Student Contest
The details are here.

Tuesday Aug 12, 2008 wins three SourceForge.Net Community Choice Awards
2008 Community Choice Awards takes home awards in the categories of Best Project, Best Project for the Enterprise and Best Project for Educators in this year's Community Choice Awards.

Finalists for these awards were chosen by the community, based on the top ten nominated projects in each of 12 categories. 

The Best Project award is the granddaddy of all awards, awarded to the to the project with the best technical design, most helpful community, and most powerful product.

The Best Project for the Enterprise award recognized that product which solves the problems that keep you from providing superior value to your customers or users. 

Lastly, the Best Project for Educators award is presented to the project that makes it easier to educate and share knowledge together.


Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Student Perspectives on Open Source

Ashwin Bhat and Ritwik Ghoshal, the two winners of the previous Sun Student Reviews Contest, were recently invited by the Sun News Radio to discuss their views on open source. Check out Sun News Radio to listen what their experiences are so far, what open source community activities are happening at their universities and a whole lot more.

The segment is located here.
Sun News Radio




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